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College Students: Beware of Card Cracking Scam

College Students: Beware of Card Cracking Scam

The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to a check-depositing scam that is resulting in depleted bank accounts.

College students are being targeted through email or social media by scam artists looking to utilize victims’ debit cards in order to cash phony checks. Once recruited, the victim is asked to share his/her debit card and pin number, giving the scammers direct access to the bank account.

College Students: Beware of Card Cracking Scam

College Students: Beware of Card Cracking Scam

The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to a check-depositing scam that is resulting in depleted bank accounts.

College students are being targeted through email or social media by scam artists looking to utilize victims’ debit cards in order to cash phony checks. Once recruited, the victim is asked to share his/her debit card and pin number, giving the scammers direct access to the bank account.

Scam Alert: E-mail Tax Return Scam

Scam Alert: E-mail Tax Return Scam

NATIONAL: The New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to be wary of nationwide tax preparer scams.

  • Don't be fooled by well known brand markings in emails:

One fo the great things about using software to file your taxes is the emails that are generated and the software is very graphic based. Unfortunately in many cases tax laws change and sometimes the software needs to be updated, or is incomplete, prompting the legitimate software publisher to contact you. These emails from the scam artists can look very legitimate

How to Spot ATM Skimmer Scams

How to Spot ATM Skimmer Scams

NATIONAL: The New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is warning consumers to be alert when using ATMs.

  • What is a Skimmer?

Scammers are using devices called “skimmers” to steal financial information from consumers’ credit and debit cards. Scammers attach the device to ATMs and card readers that take the digital information from the magnetic strip of the bank or credit card of any person who swipes their card at the terminal. Often, the scammer will also set up a hidden camera nearby to steal the user’s pin number.

Male charged with Wire Fraud; ID Theft

Male charged with Wire Fraud; ID Theft
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment charging Emmanuel Guobadia, 41, formerly of Atlanta, Georgia, with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

POSTAL EMPLOYEE INDICTED; CHARGED OF EMBEZZLEMENT, THEFT

POSTAL EMPLOYEE INDICTED; CHARGED OF EMBEZZLEMENT, THEFT

Rochester, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a two-count indictment charging Jennifer Passeck of embezzling and converting to her own use proceeds and property of the United States Postal Service. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley E. Tyler stated that, according to the indictment, the defendant she was a Relief Postmaster in the Sodus Point, NY post office between March 2013 and March 2015. During that time, Passeck is accused of stealing stamps, money orders and post office box rental payments totaling $19,504. The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Inspectors of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Monica Weyler, Eastern Area Field Office, Philadelphia, PA.